How we're maintaining green space on campus
We have a very dense city-centre campus – which is under constant demand for productive space. We're working to counteract these demands to achieve a balance between green space and campus developments. For example following the refurbishment of the Sustainability Hub there are now an internal and external living green wall covering 80 square metres with over 90 plants per square meter.
In 2014, Drake's Place went through a £1.4 million restoration project to restore the reservoir and gardens back to their original design, simultaneously supporting and increasing levels of plant life and insect species. This project has achieved Green Flag status for three years running since opening. The Green Flag Award recognises well managed greenspaces and aims to set a benchmark for recreational outdoor spaces across the UK, the scheme promotes quality green space for all alongside proper management with good facilities to ensure the space meets the needs of the local community. The gardens incorporate lawn, wildflower and woodland wildflower areas around the reservoir, as well as shrubs, flower beds and large trees. The historic significance of Drake's Place includes the cascade and stream, which help to provide a peaceful and atmospheric space to enjoy. Drake’s Place and Reservoir is a place where students, staff and the general public can go to relax, learn and volunteer.